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Players have right to take stand on North v South issue

Off The Ball - Michael McCarthy

Published 20/11/2013 | 01:00

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill

On Sunday's Off The Ball, Eamonn McCann, the Derry journalist and activist, expressed fears that Martin O'Neill's appointment might lead to more nationalists declaring for the Republic, thus widening divisions even further in the North.

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While it's true that an all-Protestant international team would be a disaster for football in Northern Ireland, it's hard to blame the players for defecting. Is playing for Northern Ireland really an attractive proposition for nationalists, especially when they must stand before 'God Save The Queen' in Windsor Park?

Paul McVeigh, a West Belfast-born former Northern Ireland international, thinks the anthem is a massive issue.

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